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‌JACOB — Half-priced fried chicken, beer and a full house. Yes, Wednesday nights at Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill have become a Southern Illinois staple. It’s easy to see why. “Wednesdays are definitely our most popular days around here,” said Kristi Thies, who owns the establishment with her husband, Jason. The couple took over the Jacob business in July 2009 from locals Frank and Cheryl Bledsoe, who had been owners since 1993. Local tradition and a familiarity with the area were driving factors in the Thies’ decision to purchase the business. “My husband (from the Bottoms) knew the tradition,” said Kristi, who hails from Murphysboro. “It has always been an important place for us.” Established in 1896, Bottom’s Up first served German Catholics and Lutherans who founded and populated Neunert in the mid-1800s. The tavern was known to brew and stash contraband beer during the

Bottoms Up Bar and Grill in Jacob is known for its fried chicken.

DETAILS Who: Bottoms Up What: Sandwiches, fried chicken, steaks, seafood Where: 3683 Neunert Road, Jacob Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Monday Contact: 618-763-4615 days of Prohibition. The menu at Bottom’s Up consists of sandwiches, steaks, seafood, waffle fries and a variety of other appetizers and sides. Oh, and that famous fried chicken.

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The Thies’ buy their chicken fresh, load on the secret seasoning and crisp it to perfection in the fryers. Customers also receive Texas toast and a cold mug of beer — if they are so inclined. Bottom’s Up may be small, but it serves as the perfect gathering spot for weekly pinochle, birthday parties, anniversary events, and family reunions. Call ahead today to reserve some space for your group. Kristi said customers have been known to travel from Carbondale, Benton, Herrin, Cape Girardeau, Paducah and other places across the region to

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experience an evening at Bottom’s Up. SIU Carbondale students are also drawn to the Bottoms, especially on halfprice Wednesdays. But it is the locals who enter the tavern’s doors on a regular basis who really make Bottom’s Up what it is — a history-rich establishment with a fun atmosphere, delicious food and great people. “Jacob is a good community to live in,” Kristi said. “We’ve got great neighbors and everybody here kind of turns into your family. I’ve got my family back home and I’ve got my family here.”


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An old take on a modern favorite ‘Die Fledermaus’ is almost a 19th-century ‘Hangover’ ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN‌

‌CARBONDALE – A man seeks revenge after a friend left him passed out on a park bench dressed as a bat after a night of drunken debauchery. While that synopsis might sound like the plot of an upcoming Zach Galifianakis movie, it’s actually taken from an operetta first performed more than 130 years ago. The SIU Department of Theater and School of Music partner to present Strauss’ comedy-filled work “Die Fledermaus” from Friday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 2, at McLeod Theater in the Communications Building. In the story, which unfolds through a combination of narrative and song, Dr. Falke orchestrates an elaborate plan to pay back his friend, Gabriel von Eisenstein, for abandoning him that fateful night last spring. Eisenstein has been sentenced to a short jail sentence for speaking abusively to a public official, but, at the prodding of his friend Falke, he decides to enjoy one last lavish night before turning himself in. From there, a cast of colorful characters combine to create an experience Eisenstein won’t soon forget, including a rendezvous with his own wife in disguise. While the events unfold in mid-19th century

DETAILS What: “Die Fledermaus” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2 Where: McLeod Theater, SIU Communications Buildling What else: The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs the music for all three shows. Austria and not Las Vegas, the elements of the classic operetta still derive from the same themes as modern stories like “The Hangover,” said director Tim Fink. And they may find a crossover in audience, as well. “This is the most popular operetta of the European style,” Fink said. “It’s a tremendously accessible show and is absolutely entertaining for the public at large.” Actor Josh Kimball finds himself in a tight spot for this production. Portraying Eisenstein, he’s on the receiving end of many of the tale’s comedic elements and finds himself unable to join in the laughing. “You see all these jokes happening all around you, and you just have to be oblivious to all of it,” he said. “It’s fun from beginning to end.” Actress Laura Kucharik has a different kind of challenge. Stepping into the shoes of Prince Orlofsky. That’s right – prince. That role has traditionally been a “pants” role, or one in which a woman plays a male character. As Orlofsky, who helps finance Falke’s quest for revenge against Eisenstein, Kucharik must perfect the

ProTanya De Leon as Adele (left), Josh Kimball as Eisenstein (center) and Emily Davis as Rosalinda (right) rehearse a scene from ‘Die Fledermaus.’ The SIU Department of Theater and School of Music are partnering to present the Strauss operetta from Feb. 28 to March 2.

mannerisms of a wealthy male aristocrat. “It’s a bit of a challenge,” she said, “particularly knowing how to relate to other men and just picking up little mannerisms and not doing womanly things.” Of course, those kinds of situations only enhance the humor of the production. Performances of “Die Fledermaus” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Tickets are $16 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at or by calling 618-453-6000. The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs the

music for all three shows. A pre-show lecture will take place in the dean’s conference room off the McLeod Theater lobby at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Paul Transue, an associate professor in the SIU School of Music and head opera coach for the Opera on the Avalon Summer Festival will speak. Audiences of all types are encouraged to attend the production, which is presented entirely in English. “It’s one of those shows where you can just get away and laugh at someone else for a little while,” Kimball said. 618-351-5031

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 Movies  Art  Wineries  Books  Cover Story  Theater  Things to do  Music  Authors, Books‌ Winter Book Sale: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, The Sallie Logan Public Library, 1808 Walnut St., Murphysboro; new and used books, videos, DVDs, audio books, cassette and VHS tapes; preview day, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, admission, $5 or join The Friends of Sallie Logan Public Library for $5 per year and get free admission to three book sales; regular sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 ; no admission fee for the Saturday sale Morris Library book sale: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Morris Library, SIU; preview sale, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 for a $10 admission charge; no charge for the Saturday book sale; proceeds benefit the library’s programs;; 618-453-1633 February Madness Book Sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, Herrin City Library, 120 N. 13th St.; all items,25 cents; 618-942-6109

Comedy The Carbondale Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays,

Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station 13, Carbondale; see The Carbondale Comedians on Facebook Comedy Throwdown: 9 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Curbside, 227 W. Main St., Carbondale; B. Cole, AJ Fourte and Brian Smith; advance, $20; at the door, $30; meet and greet; 618-490-1539

Events‌ Trivia fundraiser: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Carterville Community Center, 120 N. Greenbriar Road, doors open, 6 p.m.; hosted by the John A. Logan College’s literacy staff; $15 per player or $120 for a team of up to eight players; cash prizes; 618985-3741, ext. 8252 or 8442, or Game Day: For adults: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, CE Brehm Memorial Public Library, 101 S. 7th St., Mount Vernon; board games, card games, miniatures games and role-playing games; children are welcomed if accompanied by an adult; 618-242-6322;

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February Madness Book Sale starts Monday ‌HERRIN — Friends of Herrin City Library will host February Madness Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the library at 120 N. 13th St. All items will be 25 cents. Funds raised support the library’s history room, large print books, summer reading program, computer upgrades and other special requests for the library. Book bags may be purchased for $4 inside the library or during the book sale. For more information call 618-942-6109. Trivia Night Fundraiser: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Carbondale Middle School,1150 E. Grand Ave.; table, $80; 618-457-2174 Love and Friendship Dance: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Murphysboro Event Center; hosted by Damas Latinas; $10; silent auction; salsa contest; 618-922-3878 Oscar Trivia night: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Copper Dragon, 700 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale; movierelated questions; proceeds to The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale; raffle, silent auction; decorate table and dress in a movie theme; dinner; $35 per person; 618-303-5974; Masks of Culture: Presented by Ron Naversen,

Community Cinema: Features Las Marthas, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Carbondale Public Library; part of a series of free film screenings from the PBS series, Independent Lens; 618453-4308;


Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg; perform a one-or-two-minute monologue and sheet music from a Golden Age musical; allan.kimball@sic. edu; 618-252-5400, ext. 2487; performance dates, April 25-27


Last of the Red Hot Lovers: Fridays through Sundays, Feb. 21, 22 and 23, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; presented by The Stage — The Southern Company; written by Neil Simon and directed by Lee Brackett; times, 7:30 p.m. Department of Theater, SIU, Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, The 2 p.m. Sundays; $15/$10; Science Center of Southern 618-549-5466; www.stageIllinois, University Mall, Carbondale; come early for a Harvey: 7 p.m. Saturday, complimentary cup of Gloria Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jean’s coffee; smith@micro. Feb. 23 , George T. Dennis; 618-549-2565 or go Visual & Performing Arts to si.sciencecenter@gmail. Center Theatre, Southeastern com Illinois College, Harrisburg; Dinner Theatre‌ Southern Illinois Got $8, general admission; $6, The Worthing10s: Family Talent Contest: Features students and seniors; 618Bluegrass Band, 7:30 p.m., tribute to Elvis and 10 finalists, 252-5400, ext. 2486 or 2487 Saturday, March 1, The Saturday, March 8, Marion or Gathering Place Dinner Cultural Civic Center; proChicago the Musical: Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., ceeds to the Good Samaritan 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Carson Sparta; $30; doors open, Ministries; rickhubert@yahoo. Center, 100 Kentucky Ave.; 6 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m.; www. com; 618-889-0517 $57/$46/$35; 270-450-4444;; 618-965-3726 Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.: 7 p.m. Films‌ Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. Big Muddy Film Festival: Theater Auditions‌ March 2, Anna Arts Center, 125 Independent films, today Brigadoon auditions: W. Davie St., Anna; tickets now through Sunday, Feb. 23, SIU; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, on sale; $8; 618-697-0009; Feb. 25-26,Southeastern


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Fort de Chartres prepares for spring garden ‌PRAIRIE DU ROCHER — The annual Fort de Chartres Jardin Potager Weekend will be observed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Visit historic Fort de

Fort de Chartres was rebuilt three times between 1720 and 1756. The final Frenchbuilt structure consisted of 15-foot-tall wall constructed of locally quarried limestone. The fort hosts many events throughout the year, including the annual Jardin Potager Weekend, which will be observed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The Southern File Photo‌

Chartres as a few habitants recreate the experiences of the colonists of the 18th century Illinois country. The workers will prepare the kitchen garden for the late winter and early spring plantings.

The talk will be about gardening and seeds, no matter what the weather. If it’s too uncomfortable outside in the garden, participants may take refuge in the Guard Room near the fire.

Jardin Potager heirloom seed packet samples and seed starting information will be available to share. For more information, go to www.fdciardin. comor call 618-284-7230. — The Southern

Logan College to host annual trivia contest Friday ‌CARTERVILLE — John A. Logan College’s literacy staff will host its annual trivia fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Carterville Community Center at 120 N. Greenbriar Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The contest will include eight categories with 10 question in each category. Each team will

be given two minutes to provide an answer. The cost is $15 per player or $120 for a team of up to eight players. Cash prizes will go to first- and secondplace winners. Food concessions will be available, and a raffle and silent auction are planned. Proceeds will benefit literacy

Trivia Night to raise funds for Carbondale Middle School ‌CARBONDALE — Carbondale Middle School will be hosting a trivia night fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the school. Teams of eight people can reserve a table for $80. The trivia night will feature questions written by teachers covering a variety

of topics. Snacks will be available for sale. Funds raised will go toward trophy cases for Carbondale Middle School at at 1150 E. Grand Ave. Call 618-457-2174 for information or to buy tickets for the event. — The Southern

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Young performers to present ‘Aladdin Jr.’ ‌ANNA — “Aladdin Jr.”, a children’s musical, will be presented Friday through Sunday, Feb. 28 to March 2, in the Performing Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The cast consists of 13 young performers, all between the ages of 7 and 13. The cast members are Emma Staley, Billy Colson, Graham Gordon, Connor Windings, Caroline Henson, Ricky Hamilton, Jadden Brimm, Anthony Wiseman, Kelsie Cole,

Angel Wiseman, Lilly Baker, Guilanna Raugust and Jessi Riley. Ellen Spalt designed the set in an effort to transport the audience from Anna to Arabia. The show gives some very young performers a first experience in theatre and is aimed at the

whole family. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at the Arts Center Box Office, at the door on the day of the performance or call 618697-0009.

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‘Chicago the Musical’ comes to Paducah Feb. 23 ‌PADUCAH — “Chicago the Musical,” one of the most popular and longest-running musicals in Broadway history, is coming to the Carson Center. The show will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the

performance venue at 100 Kentucky Ave. Tickets are $57, $46 and $35 and may be purchased by calling 270-450-4444 or going to “Chicago” has been described as the show

that has everything that makes Broadway great, “A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another and amazing dancing.” Set amid the razzledazzle 1920s, “Chicago the Musical” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side boyfriend after he threatens to walk out on her.

Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Billy Flynn, Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. The musical has won six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award.

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Exhibits‌ Reinventing Collage: The Art of Romare Bearden, Mounds African American Museum; through April 27; hours, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 618-745-6183 Wheat Elder: Visiting Artist Series, Rend Lake College, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina; theater lobby; through Feb. 28; 618-437-5321; Brenda Fleming: Artist of the Month, Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; through February; 618-998-8530 or A Song from the Field: Collection of works by Robert Ketchens and William Burton, Jr., depicting the history of the Blues genre of music, Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery; in conjunction with Black History Month; through March 2; 618-4575100, or Jeanne Warren: Awardwinning needle work, Harrisburg District Library; counted cross-stitch; through March 2 From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois, University Museum, SIU; curated by Lisa Rathje and Clark “Bucky” Halker; through March 7; edu; 618-453-5388 Hoyeon Chung: Mixed Media, University Museum, SIU; through March 7;; 618-453-5388 Sustain 2: National Collegiate Juried Exhibition of Art and Design for Eco Living,

curated by Nate Steinbrink, through March 7;; 618-453-5388 The Trunk Show: Curated by Eric S. Jones, University Museum, SIU; through March 7;; 618-453-5388 What’s What, Whose Who?: University Museum, SIU; through March 7;; 618-453-5388 25th Anniversary Exhibition: Dedicated to artist Roscoe Misselhorn, Misselhorn Art Gallery, 611 W. Second St., Sparta; on display until midMarch; 618-443-3577; www. The Jacobs Family Art: Paintings & Photographs by Bradley and Charles Jacobs, Longbranch Café & Bakery, 100 E. Jackson St., Carbondale; through March 24; benefits The Brehm School Foundation; 618-529-4488 Jo Dodd, Joanna Gray and Rene DeGroof: The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion; hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday; through March 26; 618-993-2657 Mike Chervinko: Historic Photographs of the Tri-State Tornado, University Museum, SIU; through March 30;; 618-453-5388 Caught in the Sweep of History: Egypt in the Civil War – The Second Year exhibit and documentary now on display, The General John A. Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Murphysboro; through April; 618-684-3455; to www.

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Receptions‌ 2-5-Oh! Surprise, Sadness and Struggle in the Mound City: Reception, 1:30-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, Salon 53 Gallery, St. Louis; one of the artist featured is Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor of Fine Arts Africana Studies, SIU; through Dec. 31; 314-494-4660;FreiWhea@aol. com Hometown Teams: Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Union County Museum, 117 S. Appleknocker Drive, downtown Cobden; ribbon cutting ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1;connection between towns and sports; artifacts and stories;history of athletics in Union County and Southern Illinois from Gorham to Goreville; 618-893-2865 or 618-893-2567

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‘Hometown Teams’ part of Smithsonian exhibit ‌ OBDEN — “HomeC town Teams,” the newest Smithsonian traveling exhibit, is coming to The Union County Museum. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the debut of the exhibit will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Cobden is the first location site from the six that were chosen for Illinois. “Hometown Teams” is part of a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Illinois Humanities Council. The interactive exhibit is designed to capture the connection between towns and their sport’s teams. The display will feature artifacts and stories that will provide audiences with a chance to explore how historical championship runs, rivalries, traditions, individuals and teams can leave an indelible mark on a community. While the exhibit is national in theme, the museum will present displays on local teams and sport’s. Photos and artifacts on display feature the history of athletics in Union County and Southern Illinois from Gorham to Goreville, the 1984 Anna-Jonesboro football team, African-American basketball teams and girls 4-H teams. All of the winning Cobden Appleknocker teams are represented as well. Many of the items have never been on display and some date back to the early 1900s Museum volunteers researched a variety of sports-themed topics and the research presents new

perspectives on the significance athletics played in the lives of Southern Illinoisans. The exhibit will be featured at the museum through April 13. Extended hours for the exhibit will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In conjunction with the exhibit a series of programs will be offered including: March 2 — Sports in the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps; March 9 — Independent and Merchant Baseball Teams; March 16 — African-American Basketball Teams; March 23 — 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Appleknockers Basketball Team; March 30—Women in Southern Illinois Sports and April 6 — Building Community Through Sports. All the programs are at 2 p.m. Sunday in the St. Joseph Church Hall, 103 N. Centennial and West Ash streets. “This is not only a great honor for the museum to be selected as a site but for Southern Illinois. I cannot stress the importance of this exhibit and what it means for the region,” said Historical Society president Patrick Brumleve. The museum is operated by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society and is located at 117 S. Appleknocker Drive in downtown Cobden. Cobden is the only deep Southern Illinois location that will host the exhibit. For more information contact the Union County Museum at 618-893-2865 or 618-893-2567.

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presented by One More Round, based out of St. Louis, led by vocalist Bill Forness, whose naturally low voice is reminiscent of the late Johnny Cash. The band performs hits from the 1950s Sun Record releases, duets by June Carter and Johnny Cash and the 1990s iconic songs from Cash’s American Recordings. Dinner and appetizers will be available Friday until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Go to or call 618-8934600.

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The band also has has kinny Jim Rotramel cranked out three albums grew up watching his and toured throughout the dad play the banjo. He picked up the flat-top United States and into 11 guitar at an early age, and foreign countries. The three-piece Skinny soon the duo had rapidJim band will fire bluegrass be appearing tunes bouncing Saturday at the off the walls of Southern Illinois their West FrankOpry at the Herfort home. The rin Civic Center. youngster had no Also appearing idea he was as the will be Dave Clark, very beginning of Voices Of Praise, a long, prominent Music Big Muddy Bottom musical journey. Scene Boys and Cassie Fast forward a Vince Hoffard Andrews & Calico quarter century Creek, plus a speand Rotramel is cial Minnie Pearl tribute. front man for the ultra The Number 9 Blackcool Skinny Jim & The tops are drummer Cody Number 9 Blacktops, a rockabilly band that plays Beckman of Murphysboro and Carmi’s Kasey Rogers about 150 dates a year. on upright bass. Rotramel said music was a way to impress girls during his teenage years, but he couldn’t make it happen with bluegrass, so he switched to a hybrid

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and wanted to work with the band. They exchanged information. Shortly after that first meeting, Lohr called and wanted to know if the band was interested in opening up for Chuck Berry at his Blueberry Hill nightclub in St. Louis. Lohr plays keyboards in Berry’s band. “I am covered with ink from head to toe, but before I ever got the call, I had ‘Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll’ tattooed on my knuckles as a tribute to

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DETAILS Who: Skinny Jim & The Number 9 Blacktops When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; doors open 6:30 Where: Southern Illinois Opry, Herrin Civic Center Who else: Dave Clark, Voices Of Praise, Big Muddy Bottom Boys and Cassie Andrews & Calico Creek, plus a special Minnie Pearl tribute. Tickets: $15 at the door or at More info: 618-942-6115 Brian Setzer Orchestra. He plans on mixing a couple of original songs with a few swing tune covers for this weekend’s show. Skinny Jim has released three albums, including “Horsepower! Horsepower!” in 2007, “Daredevil Action” in 2010, which he calls “a little more rock than billy,” and, most recently, the Eddie Spaghetti -produced “Cool On My Right” in 2013. He keeps the topics of

original compositions to cars, motorcycles and girls. Rotramel said later this year the band will tour overseas for the seventh time. “Rockabilly shows are big in Germany,” he said. “They want everything to be authentic. If you are going to wear blue jeans, it has to be Levis. Some of the fans show up with these fantastic record collections. The music may be 50 years old, but it still

sounds really cool.” Rotramel said it is an honor to carry the torch for a true American art form. He used to joke that the music business was a good way to make hundreds and hundreds of dollars a year. Now, it is his full-time profession. “We will hit the road and play more dates this year than we ever have before, which means a lot of sore fingers and a lot of sore throats,” he said. “I know I’m a lucky guy. My rock’n’roll jobs have paid my mortgage for 15 years, and we’re still going strong.” The band is professionally endorsed by Gretsch Guitars. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard

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‌Some filmmakers wouldn’t know a good plotline from a hole in the ground. But plenty of filmmakers have found a good plotline in a hole in the ground. Specifically: the superheated crater of Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in the year AD 79, incinerating the Roman city of Pompeii and bestowing upon it a kind of instant immortality — one that thousands of people could have lived without. This week, one more entry in the lengthy catalog of Pompeii movies becomes available to viewers: “Pompeii,” director Paul W.S. Anderson’s technically ambitious, 3-D re-creation/ gladiator adventure starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland, comes to theaters Friday. In the movie, Milo (Harington of “Game of Thrones”) is a member of a Celtic tribe and now a Roman slave and gladiator who saw his family murdered by the evil Corvus (Sutherland). Brought to Pompeii, Milo seems fated to

we delved into some of the translated ancient docu‘Pompeii’ ments. There are records of what Pompeii was like Rated PG-13 for intense action, language; starring Kit — it had the second-largest Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale coliseum, it was the top Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris; gladiator venue after Rome. directed by Paul W.S. Anderson; opening Friday at AMC 8 It was a golden city, Las in Marion and ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale. Vegas-meets-Beverly Hillsmaking the movie, and what by-the-sea.” battle the other undefeated Lee Batchler said what happened when the volcano warrior, Atticus (Adewale they were striving for was exploded, the more I realAkinnuoye-Agbaje). Milo “history without a hisized the actual details were may have little in the way tory lesson.” so phenomenal you didn’t of political power, but he “Pliny wrote that because really need to dress it up in does have great abs, which of the seismic activity under any way.” attract the attention of the The destruction of Pom- the sea, all the water was beautiful Cassia (Browning), drawn out of the harbor,” he peii was recorded by the daughter of Pompeii’s first said, “which is what hapcouple (Jared Harris, Carrie- Roman historian Pliny the pened in Indonesia and durAnn Moss), and a young lady Younger, who was on the whom Corvus would like for Bay of Naples when the blast ing the Thailand tsunami — it pulled the water away and his wife. The stage is set for occurred. (His uncle, Pliny then it came back as a tidal the Elder, probably died swords, sandals and soap. wave. There was also a wave of smoke inhalation while Just like, say, “Titanic,” trying to effect a rescue-by- of boiling, poisonous hot ash Emily Browning (left) and Kit Harington star in ‘Pompeii.” the Pompeii story can’t boat of friends in Pompeii.) coming down the mountain really have a surprise endBut what precedes the blast at 450 miles an hour, paring. On the other hand, it ticulate matter so thick you has always afforded filmhas an ending that’s pretty couldn’t see through. The makers a lot of space to fill. impressive. volcano was such a disaster “We decided we wanted “We thought we should the tsunami almost seems to do it our own way,” said be historically accurate sort of minor.” because history, in this case, Janet Scott Batchler, “so is fantastic,” said director Anderson, who grew up in the north of England, near Hadrian’s Wall, making the study of Roman culture a big part of his childhood. “The more I thought about


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Costner plays a spy in Paris with ‘3 Days to Kill’ cashing in ona career of cool in a movie that moves almost fast enough to keep us from noticing how ‌Kevin Costner and the scruffy, discomfiting and director McG are plunged absurdly over-the-top the into the madcap mayhem whole thing is. of Monsieur Luc Besson Costner is Ethan, a in “3 Days to Kill,” a serioveteran C.I.A. agent diagcomic thriller about mornosed with cancer. But his tality, murder for hire and new control agent, a vamp fatherhood. named ViVi and played to This being a Besson the stiletto-heeled hilt by script and production, it’s Amber Heard, wants him to also about car chases and finish one last massacre — epic shoot-outs, torture taking out a nuclear arms played for sadistic laughs, Paris locations and Peugeot dealer and his associates in the City of Light. product placement. The carrot? She has an Besson, who morphed experimental drug that into a producer after “The might give Ethan longer Professional” and before to live. And that could “The Transporter,” gives Costner the full Liam Nee- mean more time with his son in “Taken” treatment, estranged wife (Connie



Nielsen) and the daughter he barely knows, played by “True Grit” teen Hailee Steinfeld. They live in Paris. The girl doesn’t know what Dad does for a living, or that he’s dying. She’s a teen. She probably wouldn’t care. “You might want to take something for that cough. It’s REALLY annoying.” McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We are Marshall”) stamps his signature on Besson’s Euro-action vision with running gags. “Dad” keeps trying to get his rebellious teen to ride this cool purple bike he brought her. Her ring-tone on his phone is “I Love It (I Don’t Care),” which always goes off just as he’s about the rip a guy’s armpit hair off

cuteAfrican squatters more rights to Ethan’s apartment than he has. Rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and But that turns out to be action, some sensuality and language; starring Kevin a warm and fuzzy cul de Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen; sac, one of many in this directed by McG; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in movie, which veers from Carbondale and AMC 8 in Marion. shocking shoot-outs to rank sentiment. Ethan’s illness is forgotlingerie, long eyelashes and with duct tape. Everyten for long stretches, but leatherwear — has little body’s always trying to Costner, a hacking, weathto do here, something of high-five Ethan, and the ered study in wrinkles and French, Germans and oth- a waste. Steinfeld’s Zoey violence, never lets on that ers he runs into keep call- is a bit of a drama queen, but not a caricature of one. the whole affair is more of ing him “Cowboy.” a lark than “Taken” ever She is one transgression Ethan’s clueless about how to deal with a teen, so after another, which Ethan was. A canny touch is the seems loathe to punish and old-fashioned split-screen he’s always stopping the opening credits, scored to unable to reign in. torture to ask one underthe old R & B tune “Old Besson co-wrote the world guy (Marc Andreoni, Man Trouble.” It fits. script, and he works in funny) how to cope, what But, daft and sloppy as shots at absentee parents, to do, how “to balance it is, “3 Days” rarely fails lazy French cops and a work and family.” to entertain. legal system that allows Heard, all lipstick and

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